Résumés

A résumé is a marketing tool tailored for a specific job opportunity.

A good résumé provides employers with an easy-to-understand outline of your education, experience, activities, accomplishments and skills.

Résumés are noticed when they:

  • Are tailored to your employment goals
  • Emphasize relevant accomplishments and skills
  • Are concise, well-organized and easy to read
  • Show results through accomplishment-based statements

Plan for multiple revisions in order to have a polished piece that catches the attention of employers.

Download “Building Your Résumé” guidelines and example

GETTING STARTED
  • Review examples: Look over sample résumé(s) for formatting and content ideas.
  • Make a list: Begin making a list of your experiences including internships, volunteering, jobs, academic projects, and campus and community involvement.
  • Review the job description: Highlight key skills, experiences and traits the employer is seeking. Résumés are best when tailored for a specific position.
  • Organize content: Once you understand the position and have identified which experiences are most relevant, you can begin to organize the content.
RÉSUMÉ CHECKLIST

Once a draft of your résumé is complete, double-check the formatting and content using the checklist below.

Step 1: Check your formatting
  • Easy to find and read information
  • Pay close attention to consistent formatting (headings, fonts, line spacing, etc.)
  • Fonts are professional and readable (10 pt or larger)
  • Most résumés should only be one page (education majors are an exception)
Step 2: Check your content
  • Section headings are easy to find
  • Relevant experience (classes, volunteer or work) is clear and toward the top
  • Each experience lists the organization, city and state, position title and length of experience
  • Within each section, experiences are listed with most recent first
  • Has well-written accomplishment statements
  • Each statement should begin with an action verb and include accomplishments, not only responsibilities
  • No personal pronouns (I, my, me, our, etc.)
  • Edited for grammar and spelling mistakes
  • References should be included in a separate document or page
Example résumés by discipline
 

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